The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs strives to be a “service-driven, results-oriented organisation, which, through effective engagement at home and representation abroad, will act as a central channel by which the national interests and national development of Trinidad and Tobago are achieved.”The Ministry prioritizes the following missions, namely:
- The Economic Mission which focuses on energy, trade, investment, tourism, science and technology, culture and agriculture;
- The Security Mission which focuses on ensuring national and human security;
- The Consular Mission which emphasises services to nationals at home and to the diaspora;
- The Political Mission which utilizes public and international diplomacy to ensure respect and leadership; and
- The Mission related to international law.
As the external arm of the Government, it directs the country’s foreign relations with other states and international entities mainly through diplomatic initiatives and representation.
The foreign policy of Trinidad and Tobago is pursued through the activities of the Ministry’s Headquarters, its eighteen (18) Missions and its Honorary Consuls. The Ministry aims to expand and intensify the country’s relations through bilateral and multilateral initiatives by seeking environments that are conducive to trade, tourism and investment for Trinidad and Tobago.
The Ministry provides a myriad of services, which include protocol and consular activities, to its diverse clientele. Clients include the Offices of the President and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Government Ministries and other Government Agencies; Foreign Governments; Diplomatic Missions accredited to and resident in Trinidad and Tobago; Members of the Local Diplomatic Corps; International Organisations; the Private Sector; Civil Society and Nationals and Non-nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, both at home and abroad.